Sister Salma Ghani served the Community for over fifty years and passed away at the age of 83.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of its former women’s auxiliary president, Sister Salma Ghani. Sister Ghani passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 20, 2017. From God we have come and to God must we return.

Sister Ghani was a pioneer in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and one of the early African American converts to Islam. After accepting Islam in the 1960s she served the Community in numerous offices. Sister Ghani served as President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Ladies Auxiliary for 15 years under the guidance of the Fourth Khalifa, the late Mirza Tahir Ahmad. The current Khalifa, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, appointed her as the inaugural president for the Women’s Pan African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association USA. Sister Ghani was a role model in every respect and will be remembered for her inspiring leadership, passion for bridging racial divides, and dedication to Islam and women’s rights.

“Sister Salma Ghani was a highly respected role model. She led a dedicated life towards serving all humanity and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, ” said Saliha Malik, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA Women’s Association. “We have the utmost respect for her and offer our heartfelt prayers for Sister Salma Ghani and her grieving family. Members of our Community, young and old, will miss her dearly.” 

The viewing and funeral were held at the Willingboro Mosque at 500 Bridge St, Willingboro, NJ 08046 on November 22 at 11:30 AM.

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